Subject: Open Source and Government agencies
From: "Tim O'Reilly" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 13:04:42 -0800

I just recently got this query from a customer, and wondered if anyone
on this list had any comments, based on experience with government
agencies.  My inclination is to suggest he do what Larry did, which is
just to do it, but it sounds like he's already asked his higher ups, so
that is not an option.

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> ------- Forwarded Message
> Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 13:43:35 -0600 (CST)
> From: "William H Asquith, Hydrol(Eng), Austin, TX " <>
> To:
> cc:
> Subject: Help: Perl-Open_Source-Government
> All,
> I need serious help.  I am nearing completion of a huge Perl/Tk
> 2-D charting application.  I want to release the program under some sort
> of open-source license.  However, there is some confusion from my higher
> ups how this can be done given that government software is public domain.
> I read that Larry Wall used to work for JPL and NASA, presumably he was
> releasing Perl under some licensing at that time as a government
> employee? Could  you forward this email to him or any other appropriate
> people for advice on open-sourcing government software?
> For reasons to complicated to list, I am very concerned about releasing
> under public domain as I do not want the code to fork or to be sucked up
> by a closed-source company as has been done in the past with government
> code.
> Thanks!  Great books--have 20 of them.
> - -wha
> William H. Asquith, Hydrologist
> U.S. Geological Survey, Austin, Texas
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